Northern Arizona at Northern Colorado
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Bank of Colorado Arena
Northern Colorado Bears -13 -- Over/Under: 144.5
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will travel to Bank of Colorado Arena to take on the Northern Colorado Bears this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 9-20 (7-12 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 66-64, this past Monday. Northern Arizona led by a 35-27 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t pull off the upset victory after Montana took a 63-58 lead with 2:44 left in regulation. Northern Arizona shot 42.1% from the field and was outrebounded by the Grizzlies by a 37-28 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks was Carlos Hines who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Northern Arizona is averaging 72.9 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Arizona has been led by Bernie Andre (13.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Carlos Hines (12.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Ted McCree (11.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Cameron Shelton (7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Northern Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Northern Colorado Bears won their 4th straight game and improved to 21-9 (15-4 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 70-53, this past Thursday. Northern Colorado was outstanding offensively in the 1st half and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 43-23 halftime lead. Northern Colorado shot 43.4% from the field and outrebounded the Thunderbirds by a 38-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Jordan Davis who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 76.9 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Jordan Davis (23.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Bodie Hume (10.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Jonah Radebaugh (9.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Trent Harris (9.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg).
Defensively, Northern Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 68.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
The Lumberjacks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Bears are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games vs. Big Sky opponents, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
Northern Arizona has dropped 7 of their last 9 games and although their offense has been average this season, ranking 169th in scoring offense, the Lumberjacks defense has really struggled as they come into this game ranked just 318th in scoring defense and 326th in defensive FG%.
Northern Colorado has won 7 of their last 8 games and currently rank 72nd in scoring offense, 72nd in FG%, and 99th in scoring defense.
Northern Colorado defeated Northern Arizona by a 63-48 margin on the road earlier this season, however, the Bears have struggled a bit at home ATS as of late, posting just a 2-3 record in their last 5 home games. Northern Arizona looked solid on the road against one of the best teams in the Big Sky in the Montana Grizzlies and as I was impressed by their defensive effort agianst the Grizzlies, I think Northern Arizona will be able to get a backdoor cover with the large amount of points I this one. Take the Lumberjacks and the points. Good Luck!